Scope and arrangement
The bulk of this collection consists of bound radio scripts (clean typescripts) for Carrington's popular daytime serials: Pepper Young's Family (1936-1959), When a Girl Marries (1939-1957), and Rosemary(1944-1955). There are also bound scripts for a few short radio serials as well as her Carrington Playhouse in which she produced original plays by new playwrights. Also included is an extensive collection of her unbound scripts and stories for radio, magazine, the theater and television, arranged alphabetically by title. These are typescript for the most part, in various drafts, some with handwritten annotations. The collection also contains publicity and fan mail for the novel, The Road of Ambition, which Carrington published early in her career and for her collection of short stories, All Things Considered. The other series in the collection: personal papers, clippings, correspondence and speeches and interviews, though small, round out the collection by providing biographical information on Carrington. They also touch on some of the controversies her work raised such as the issues of radio censorship and the effect of daytime radio soap operas on national morale during World War II.
The Elaine Sterne Carrington papers are arranged in nine series:
- ca. 1903-19588 folders
This series contains biographical information on Carrington including press releases; publicity; citations; autobiographical writings; a photograph of her; a souvenir album presented to her from the cast of Pepper Young's Family; two notebooks she kept, one containing her first novel written at age twelve; and a draft transcription of her memorial service.
- ca. 1937-19555 folders
This series contains transcriptions of speeches by Carrington, radio interviews with her, and an essay she wrote against radio censorship.
- 1915-195925 folders
This series contains incoming and outgoing letters on both personal and professional matters as well as some third party correspondence. Correspondents include Fanny Brice and Helen Hayes. Also includes correspondence about copyright with the registrations themselves and reports on the effect of daytime radio serials on national morale during World War II.
- 1916-19467 folders
This series contains publicity and fan mail on Carrington's books, The Road of Ambition and All Things Considered and on her radio show, The Carrington Playhouse.
- 1927-19541 box
This series contains clippings about Elaine Carrington's life and career that were mounted into scrapbooks and have now been photocopied onto acid-free paper.
- 27 boxes
Typescripts by Elaine Carrington arranged alphabetically by title, followed by untitled and then files she called proposed television series and finally, unfinished files.
- 1 box
Scripts and stories by others including Carrington's husband, George and daughter, Patricia, that were interfiled with her own writings.
- 1932-1959202 boxes
This series consists of bound scripts for the following radio serials: Pepper Young's Family (plus earlier versions: Red Adams and Red Davis), When a Girl Marries, Rosemary, Trouble House of Heinz Magazine of the Air, Marriage for Two, Forever Young, the Carrington Playhouse, and the television serial, Follow your Heart. Material relating to most of these titles can also be found in Series VII: Unbound scripts, stories and other writings.
- 1931-19592 boxes
This series consists of magazine copies and publisher's proofs of Carrington's stories to be included in All Things Considered, two awards won by Pepper Young's Family, and an ink and wash cartoon by Helen E. Hokinson inscribed to Elaine Carrington.